Fort Leonard Wood officials search for missing soldier; last seen near the Gasconade River

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WAYNESVILLE, Mo.- Fort Leonard Wood officials are searching for missing soldier Joshua J. Morrison.

According to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Specialist Morrison was last seen near Ruby’s Landing after kayaking on the Gasconade River in Waynesville.

Fort Leonard Wood officials are working closely with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Waynesville Fire Department with search and rescue operations along the river.

Officials are out Tuesday searching for Morrison. So far, crews have located a kayak and backpack belonging to the man, but have not yet found the soldier.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Mitchell said today that the search for Joshua J. Morrison is continuing with staff from the patrol, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Wood.

A fixed-wing aircraft and drone also are being deployed in the search, Mitchell said.

The kayak and backpack were found about a mile downriver from where Morrison was thought to have put in on the river.

The Waynesville Fire Department has also participated in search and rescue operations along the river.

Anyone who has seen Morrison is asked to contact law enforcement officials at (573) 596-6141.

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